Book Blitz: The Boys of Summer Excerpt + Giveaway

"It seemed only natural to nickname them the ‘Onslow Boys’. Every time they swaggered in the front door of the Onslow Hotel after a hard week’s work, their laughter was loud and genuine as they settled onto their bar stools. I peeked through the restaurant partition, a flimsy divider between my world and theirs. I couldn’t help but smile whenever I saw them, saw him ... Toby Morrison.

Quiet seventeen-year-old Tess doesn’t relish the thought of a summertime job. She wants nothing more than to forget the past haunts of high school and have fun with her best friends before the dreaded Year Twelve begins.
To Tess, summer is when everything happens: riding bikes down to the lake, watching the fireworks at the Onslow Show and water bomb fights at the sweltering Sunday markets.

How did she let her friends talk her into working?

After first-shift disasters, rude, wealthy tourists and a taunting ex-boyfriend, Tess is convinced nothing good can come of working her summer away. However, Tess finds unlikely allies in a group of locals dubbed ‘The Onslow Boys’, who are old enough to drive cars, drink beer and not worry about curfews. Tess’s summer of working expands her world with a series of first times with new friends, forbidden love and heartbreaking chaos.

All with the one boy she has never been able to forget. 

It will be a summer she will always remember."

Warning: sexual references, and occasional course language.

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“Don’t you dare.” I grabbed his arm, pulling him backwards. His eyes darted to where my hand rested on him. I didn’t move my hand, I couldn’t physically bring myself to break the contact; all of a sudden there were no smiles, no jokes, just him and me and our space on the couch. I could only hear the music and be aware of the heat of his skin and the rapid rise and fall of my chest in this moment. 
The only thing that snapped me out of my daze was Toby’s words which seemed low and raspy. 
“Is Adam your boyfriend?” His gaze flicked over my face as he waited for my answer. My mouth gaped open; I couldn’t hide the fact I was dumbfounded by the question. 
I blinked quickly and took my hand from his arm. I struggled to construct a legible sentence.  
“Oh – um, no, we’re just friends, it’s not like that.” 
His stony expression didn’t falter, didn’t reveal any kind of emotion. He was so hard to read, and I wanted to read him so badly. He gave a small nod and handed me the CD cover.  
“Better go and make sure these guys aren’t cheating.” And without another word, he got up and headed towards the pool table. -excerpt from The Boys of Summer

About the Author

C.J Duggan is an Australian author who lives with her husband in a rural border town of New South Wales, Australia. The Boys of Summer is Book One in her Mature Young Adult Romance Series.

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Giveaway Time!

1 signed paperback of ‘The Boys of Summer.

And 5 signed bookmarks for 5 winners.

1 ebook copy of ‘The Boys of Summer.
A Giveaway just for my favorite people!

Thanks to Xpresso Book Tours and C.J. Duggan for having these giveaways for all of you! 


  1. This cover is so pretty! And I love the idea of the whole summer romance :) Looks like a good book! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    1. It is very beautiful. I love the potential of summer romances not that I've ever had one. Books just make me daydream about one.

  2. I remember once when I was a kid a big wave crushed me and sister! We cried so hard! xD It was hilarious. Even today we have some family gatherings our parents tell that story. I mean we were kids...c'mon! xD ps. this book sounds like a sweet read :) Thanks for the giveaway :)

    1. That sounds terrifying! Haha! I can't believe your parents do that to you. My greatest memories of Summer were also at the beach. I love the taste of salt water on my lips and the sun is just wonderful (:

  3. How fun! This book sounds like a book that will bring me back to summer love. :) I never really met anyone new to have a summer crush on- but it was always fun to see my crushes during the summer (at the beach and pool parties). :)

    Thanks for the giveaways!

    1. That must have been so nerve racking! I can only imagine. Just seeing my crushes at school was enough for me to start freaking out :P

  4. I've seen this book a lot recently. I like the cover! Both the girl and the guy are so pretty and I liked the color combination (:
    The blurb sounds awesome and I can definitely use some summer romance when it's raining outside LOL

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  5. Probably the summers that my family would go and visit a lake in Montana. We would camp by the lake and go canoeing and fishing and swimming all day long.

    1. Sounds so peaceful and fun. Camping is one of those things I really want to try but I'm worried about the bathoroom situation haha! The only place I've been canoeing is my canal out back :P


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